Happy Birthday Gene Kelly! (August 23, 1912 -
February 2, 1996)
"There is a strange sort of reasoning in Hollywood that musicals are less worthy of Academy consideration than dramas. It’s a form of snobbism, the same sort that perpetuates the idea that drama is more deserving of Awards than comedy."
- Gene Kelly
Remembering Gene Kelly on his birthday (23 August 1912 - 2 February 1996), my favorite song-and-dance man in the movies
“A sailor suit or his white socks and loafers, or the T-shirts on his muscular torso, gave everyone the feeling that he was a regular guy, and perhaps they too could express love and joy by dancing in the street or stomping through puddles…he democratized the dance in movies.” - Betsy Blair
Photos on the set of An American in Paris by Alfred Eisenstaedt, Paris, 1951, for LIFE magazine
Happy Birthday to the icon of dance, Gene Kelly!
(Born August 23, 1912 Died February 2, 1996)
My grandfather, being from his generation, raised me on classical movies by Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Fred Astaire, Danny Kaye and many other musical legends.
These guys were not only actors, they were dancers, choreographers, singers, writers and comedians. They were truly Hollywood’s finest.